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Basin: C.668-1991

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Current Location: In storage






Large basin. Hard-paste porcelain painted in famille verte enamels, green, blue, rose, grey, yellow, iron-red and black, and gilding. The basin has steep, rounded sides with broad, everted rim rising from the flat, recessed base. Painted with Jang Qian reaching the Palace of the Queen Mother of the West in the Stars by following the Yellow River to its Source. The scene depicts ladies on balconies within the Palace, musicians, the tea ceremony, weaving, playing games and watching Jan Qian on a tree trunk floating down river, and a boy on a buffalo in a rocky landscape. The rich, diaper border is reserved with eight panels, four of prunus, and four of a butterfly, crane, phoenix and serpent.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 25-28 April 1933, Stephen D. Winkworth Collection, for £45.0s.0d, Lot 563; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 42 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
18th Century
Circa 1700 - 1722

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille verte in iron-red, green, rose, yellow and black enamels) gilt

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in iron-red, green, rose, yellow and black enamels with gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, white, serrated

  • Text: 139
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: six-character mark of Jiajing (1522-66)

  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.668-1991
Primary reference Number: 21522
Old object number: CHICER/218
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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